As an entertainer, I get to travel a fair amount. When I’m looking for a unique dining experience, the main things I look for are a locally owned restaurant, great food, and if there is a sense of history, that’s an added bonus.
Our friends, the Kerns, invited us to join them for dinner at the Oasis diner, which sets right on the National Road (US40) in Plainfield, Indiana. The Oasis Diner is a restored 1950’s diner, manufactured in New Jersey, I believe. It used to set further East in Plainfield, but recently, it was relocated, restored, and reopened on the Western edge of Plainfield.
Replete with diner decor and fantastic neon lighting, the Oasis takes you back from the moment you step through the door. It’s like stepping back to the days of Bobby Darin, Elvis, and pegged pants.
Although the menu is heavy on traditional diner fare (burgers, shakes, and such), there are a few surprises on the menu. They seemed to have taken their menu above and beyond, and are a welcome addition to the Indianapolis area restaurant scene.
I already had my mind made up when we arrived…I was trying the hand breaded tenderloin sandwich.
Let me tell you, it was fantastic. Light, crispy breading with just the right amount of seasoning. The seasoning complimented the taste of the meat and breading without overwhelming it. The meat itself was tender and moist, with a fantastic flavor.
I neglected to check to see what kind of bun it was on, but it wasn’t your ordinary hamburger bun…it was quite tasty, and yet another compliment to an already fantastic sandwich. This sandwich is 5 stars, all the way…absolutely no question about it.
For my side, I chose fries, and they were good, but nothing special. I’ll probably try the onion rings next time.
As an aside…they offer a breaded tenderloin with gravy on their breakfast menu, which is what David had. I’m not sure I’ve ever had one with gravy, but that may be my next order there.
For her dinner, Holly chose the Sriracha Shrimp Wrap, which consists of a serving of Honey Sriracha fried shrimp, lettuce, onion, tomato, cilantro, and ranch, all rolled up in a large flour tortilla. As her side, she chose the broccoli with cheese. Holly reports the Honey Sriracha shrimp to be very tasty – there is just a hint of honey, but you can definitely tell it’s there. She said she could not detect the cilantro at all, and the ranch dressing was just enough to tie it all together – not too little, not too much. The broccoli was cooked perfectly – al dente all the way! She wasn’t a big fan of the cheese sauce. It was okay, but she said she’d rather have had just a plain bowl of steamed broccoli.
This was an extremely positive experience. The service was great, the food was outstanding, and I LOVE the atmosphere. We will certainly be back, and soon! And, take this tip…try the Butterscotch Root Beer, which is locally brewed.
The Oasis Diner is located at 405 W Main Street, in Plainfield, Indiana. Their website is http://www.oasisdiner.com/ and you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.